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  • The PGA Tour rolls into the Big Easy this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Defending champion Justin Rose, world No. 1 Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Smylie Kaufman and Valero Texas Open winner Charley Hoffman headline the field.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live's featured holes coverage from TPC Louisiana on Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on our Golf page, as well the CBS telecast of the weekend action on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern. 

    Here are some of the featured groupings that will come through the the par-4 15th and par-3 17th holes in that coverage window on Thursday and Friday.

    Thursday, First Round

    All times Eastern

    Off No. 1

    1:40 p.m. -- Charley Hoffman, Smylie Kaufman, David Toms
    1:50 p.m. -- Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, K.J. Choi
    2 p.m. -- Robert Garrigus, Roberto Castro, Anirban Lahiri

    Off No. 10

    1:20 p.m. -- Brendon de Jonge, Will Wilcox, Jamie Lovemark
    1:30 p.m. -- Chris Kirk, Brian Harman, Russell Henley
    1:40 p.m. -- James Hahn, Hunter Mahan, Brendon Todd

    Friday, Second Round

    Off No. 1

    1:40 p.m. -- Jason Day, Danny Lee, Steve Stricker
    1:50 p.m. -- Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane, Jason Bohn
    2 p.m. -- Morgan Hoffmann, D.H. Lee, Byeong-Hun An

    Off No. 1o

    1:50 p.m. -- J.J. Henry, Chesson Hadley, Vijay Singh
    2 p.m. -- Robert Streb, Geoff Ogilvy, Retief Goosen
    2:10 p.m. -- Derek Ernst, Charles Howell III, Chad Collins


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  • The PGA Tour makes the short trek from Augusta, Ga., up into the Palmetto State for this week's RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    The Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus design is radically different in look and style from Augusta National, but it makes for a fascinating contrast a week after the year's first major. Jason Day is the headliner this week, with 2015 playoff runner-up Kevin Kisner also in the field in his home state.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live's featured holes coverage from the Snake Pit on Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on our Golf page. In that coverage window, you'll be able to see Jason Day play on Friday.

    Here are some of the featured groupings that will come through the par-3 14th and 17th holes in that coverage window:

    Thursday, First Round

    Off No. 1

    12:40 p.m. -- Graeme McDowell, Billy Horschel, Webb Simpson
    12:50 p.m. -- Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas

    Off No. 10

    12:50 p.m. -- Matt Jones, Stuart Appleby, Paul Casey
    1:00 p.m. -- Brendan Steele, Ricky Barnes, Steve Wheatcroft

    Friday, Second Round

    Off No. 1

    12:40 p.m. -- Kevin Kisner, Justin Thomas, Zach Johnson
    12:50 p.m. -- Jason Dufner, Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar

    Off No. 1o

    12:50 p.m. -- Nick Taylor, Geoff Ogilvy, Russell Henley
    1:00 p.m. -- Charley Hoffman, Brian Gay, K.J. Choi


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  • The PGA Tour's Florida Swing rolls into Tampa this week for the Valspar Championship.

    An updated Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort is site of the first of five PGA Tour title defenses for Jordan Spieth in 2016. The world No. 1 will look to hold off the likes of Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Patrick Reed to become the first player to successfully defend the title. However, to do so, he'll have to survive the Snake Pit, the name for the final three holes on the Copperhead Course.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live's featured holes coverage from the Snake Pit on Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on our Golf page. In that coverage window, you'll be able to see Spieth play on Friday. 

    Here are some of the featured groupings that will come through the Snake Pit in that coverage window:

    Thursday, First Round

    Off No. 10

    12:46 p.m. -- Danny Lee, Brian Gay, David Toms
    12:57 p.m. -- Brendon de Jonge, Cameron Tringale, Chad Collins
    1:08 p.m. -- Boo Weekley, George McNeill, Will MacKenzie

    Off No. 1

    12:24 p.m. -- Harris English, Webb Simpson, Nick Taylor
    12:35 p.m. -- Geoff Ogilvy, Martin Kaymer, K.J. Choi
    12:46 p.m. -- Jason Dufner, Justin Thomas, Russell Knox
    12:57 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen

    Friday, Second Round

    Off No. 10

    12:24 p.m. -- Vaughn Taylor, Brian Harman, Kevin Streelman
    12:35 p.m. -- Steven Bowditch, Ben Crane, Brendon Todd
    12:46 p.m. -- Padraig Harrington, Charley Hoffman, Ryan Palmer

    Off No. 1

    12:24 p.m. -- Keegan Bradley, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
    12:35 p.m. -- Luke Donald, Stewart Cink, Danny Willett
    12:46 p.m. -- Graeme McDowell, Patrick Reed, Hunter Mahan
    12:57 p.m. -- Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas, Henrik Stenson


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  • If 2014 is any indication, Bubba Watson may have lined himself up nicely on Sunday for a third Masters title.

    For the second time in three years, Watson won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, pulling out a one-shot victory over Jason Kokrak and 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott with a 15-under 269 total. 

    Dustin Johnson finished alone in fourth place at 13 under par.

    Watson's closing 3-under 68 earned him the win on a day in which Kokrak, Scott, K.J. Choi, Johnson and Chez Reavie all looked at times like they had a chance to emerge as the champion. The two-time Masters winner sealed the deal with two birdies in the final three holes. He birdied the par-3 16th after hitting his tee shot on the 165-yard hole to 5 feet. A hole later, he got home to the par-5 17th in two with a 2-iron from 252 yards, two-putting for the birdie that put him one ahead going into the last hole. Watson found the green in two with a flawless hole, and, when Kokrak failed to make a tying birdie, he cozied up for the clinching par.

    ''For me to come back ... and pull one out in a tough way means a lot,'' Watson said.

    Watson is now a nine-time PGA Tour winner and has the second-most wins on Tour since 2010. Rory McIlroy is the only player with more. Watson teased last year that he would retire if he won 10 times on the PGA Tour, something he walked back when he won the unofficial Hero World Challenge in December.

    Two years ago, when Watson won his second Masters title, he won the Northern Trust Open earlier in the season. Were history to repeat itself in April at Augusta National, Watson would join an elite company of players to have won three green jackets.


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  • Let's get the pun out of the way now. The man from Holywood is in contention to win in Hollywood.

    Rory McIlroy, who hails from that town in Northern Ireland, shot 4-under 67 on Saturday in the third round of the Northern Trust Open. He trails Bubba Watson by two shots on 10-under 203 heading into his first-ever Sunday at Riviera Country Club. 

    It wasn't a pretty round for McIlroy, but the highlight was a Houdini-like escape on the 18th hole. Stuck behind a eucalyptus tree and near a hospitality area, the four-time major winner had to find a way to get up-and-down for par. He managed to find the green at the finishing hole, leaving a difficult 18-foot par putt that the 18th tower broadcast team seemed to think wasn't going to drop. McIlroy, sensing the importance of every stroke on a golf course that tends to produce tight leaderboards, then made the putt.

    The 54-hole leaderboard is tight, as usual. It's also stacked. Watson leads. Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott are with a shot and two shots, respectively. Former Players winner K.J. Choi is in contention. Marc Leishman, who was in the three-man playoff for last summer's British Open, is part of a five-way tie for fifth with McIlroy, Scott and Choi, as well Kevin Chappell. 

    Then again, McIlroy, who decided to make his first start here this year because of the high esteem in which the course is held among his peers, expected nothing less.

    "Quality courses produce a quality leaderboard, and you just have to look at the names up there ... Bubba, Dustin, myself, Adam, all very, very good players," he said. "It's going to be a bit of a shootout tomorrow. I'm happy that I stayed at 10 under and didn't drop to nine."

    The challenge for McIlroy tomorrow is to find fairways. His typically strong driving game lagged on Saturday, with the Ulsterman hitting just five of 14 fairways. When he's found the fairway, or even been close, good scores have followed.

    "I feel like my iron game is sharp," he said. "Short game has been pretty good. My putting was nice today. I holed out well, and I have to continue to do that."


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  • Bubba Watson is in position to win the Northern Trust Open for a second time in three years. However, to do that on Sunday at Riviera, he's going to have to hold off a trio of golf's other biggest names.

    Watson shot 4-under 67 in the third round on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, Chez Reavie and 36-hole leader Jason Kokrak. The two-time Masters winner's 12-under 201 total has him two clear of five players, including Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, K.J. Choi, Marc Leishman and Kevin Chappell. 

    The Bagdad, Fla., native wasn't particularly accurate off the tee in the third round, hitting less than half of the fairways. He also missed six greens. However, Watson only carded one bogey on the day against five birdies. 

    Watson took advantage of his length on the par 5s, making easy birdies out of each of the three on the course. The other two birdies came after dart-like approach shots inside of 9 feet. 

    However, it was a par save that kept Watson in the lead heading into Sunday. He missed well right of the green with his second into the 18th and has to play his third from near a scoreboard. Watson pulled off the tough shot, leaving himself a tricky 3-footer for par, which he holed.

    Now the question for Watson is if he can make the rare conversion of a 54-hole lead into his ninth PGA Tour win. In his career, Watson is just 2-for-9 when he sleeps on a share of the Saturday night lead.

    Going further against Watson's chances? The Northern Trust Open winner in each of the last four years has trailed going into the final round.


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  • Brandt Snedeker never stepped on Torrey Pines' South Course in Monday's conclusion of the Farmers Insurance Open. And he won.

    Snedeker, who polished off an incredible 3-under 69 amid delays and nearly unplayable conditions on Sunday, spent his morning on the putting green and driving range at the San Diego area course as the remaining field, including the 54-hole leaders 12 groups ahead of him, fought similar weather with the hopes of beating the Vanderbilt product's 6-under 282 total. None of them did.

    In the end, Snedeker, who made the 36-hole cut on the 1-under 143 number, beat K.J. Choi, who, along with Scott Brown, was one of the two third-round co-leaders by a shot. Choi shot 76, which was still a full shot better than the final-round scoring average.

    Brown was not so fortunate, shooting 15-over 87 and dropping into a tie for 49th place.

    Jimmy Walker opened the resumption of play, which was pushed back two hours after overnight storms damaged the course more than PGA Tour officials anticipated, with a one-shot edge over Snedeker at 7 under par. However, after completing a par at the 10th hole, Walker never made a birdie into the house. In 30 mph winds, Walker made four bogeys to finish at 3-under total and finish tied for fourth with Freddie Jacobson.

    Kevin Streelman finished alone in third at 4 under par.

    For Snedeker, this is his eighth PGA Tour win, including his second in this event and fourth in California. Snedeker is also the first player since 2010 to win on the PGA Tour after making the cut on the number. 

    While this was a comeback win, Snedeker is arguably golf's hottest player. He's finished T-3, P-2 and WIN to start 2016, coming off an end-of-year win alongside Jason Dufner, who won last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. He's the defending champion at Pebble Beach in two weeks.

    As Snedeker was hitting putt after putt, waiting out the finish, he began thinking much farther out into the future. He couldn't help but notice the sign promoting the 2021 U.S. Open -- played on the same Torrey Pines South Course where he just won.


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  • Brandt Snedeker is sittin' pretty. And dry. And warm.

    Snedeker shot an incredible 3-under 69 in 40-plus mph wind gusts and driving rains on Sunday to close out his Farmers Insurance Open on the South Course at Torrey Pines, leaving him in the clubhouse at 6-under 272, one shot out of the lead at the suspension of play and with a good chance at winning.

    "I couldn't do it again," he said. "I don't know how I did it. It was just one of those freak days."

    Snedeker, the 2012 champion, began the final round six shots behind 54-hole co-leaders Scott Brown and K.J. Choi, with PGA Tour officials deciding to bump up tee times more than an hour to accommodate expected poor weather. The weather showed, but the tour tried to soldier on to an on-time finish. Mother Nature didn't co-operate, and even when conditions were just good enough to play, the field by and large suffered. The Sunday scoring average was working out to be a shade of 78, which would position this as the second-highest scoring average in a non-major PGA Tour final round since 1983. 

    The weather didn't seem to bother the Vanderbilt product. After an opening bogey, Snedeker didn't drop a shot the rest of the way, making four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 10-14.

    Just over the green in two at the downwind par-5 finisher, Snedeker could have made a birdie that may well prove the winning stroke. Instead, his up-and-down birdie bid failed. Now Snedeker waits, but he wanted play to soldier on and see where it left him.

    “I want them out there playing since I had to play through this all day," Snedeker said with a smile, according to Golf Channel. "I want them to be out there going through the misery that I had to go through.” 

    Jimmy Walker leads the tournament at 7 under par. However, he is 1 over for the round and only through 10 holes, with similar windy – though dry – conditions expected for the Monday spillover.

    Win or lose, at least Snedeker will have the morning to relish in one of the best rounds of his career.

    “One of my best rounds on tour, by far," he said. "Under these conditions, to shoot anything under par or around par is a good round. To shoot 69 when you need to, really special.” 


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  • The Farmers Insurance Open will be decided on Monday after fierce winds and driving rains forced several delays in the scheduled Sunday final round. 

    Play resumes at 8 a.m. Pacific time on Torrey Pines' South Course, which was playing to a stroke average for the Sunday field of approximately 78, or 6 over par.

    Brandt Snedeker, who began the final round six shots back of 54-hole co-leaders Scott Brown and K.J. Choi, who has never failed to close such a lead on the PGA Tour, shot an incredible round of 3-under 69, playing 11 groups behind the threesome that included the co-leaders. Snedeker, who won here in 2012 after a Kyle Stanley meltdown on the 72nd hole, is the only player under par for the final round.

    Snedeker's 6-under 282 total, however, leaves him a shot behind Jimmy Walker, who is the leader by a shot through 10 holes of his final round.

    Choi is also tied with Snedeker at 6 under, while they're a shot clear of Kevin Streelman and Freddie Jacobson. 

    Brown, despite playing 6-over golf through 10 holes, has only dropped from a share of first to tied seventh with Jonas Blixt.

    Similar winds as Sunday are expected for the Monday finale, with gusts reaching up to 45 mph. There is no chance of rain, so the tournament should be completed. However, with continued poor conditions expected, Snedeker is happy to stick around on Monday and see if he could become a two-time champion of this event.


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  • Several of golf's biggest names have the weekend off after missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open near San Diego.

    World No. 2 and defending champion Jason day is perhaps chief among them, shooting 2-over 74 on Friday on Torrey Pines' tougher South Course to send him packing. Day had been suffering from flu-like symptoms that kept him out of the Wednesday pro-am, leaving his place in the field in doubt.

    ''You can't live and die by one week,'' Day said. ''It's not going to be the last cut I'm going to miss. Hopefully, it is the last cut I'm going to miss this year, but once again it's a process. I got to keep working hard and hopefully that delayed gratification is a lot more sweeter at the end of the year than it is right now.''

    Rickie Fowler missed the cut, too, but he probably has a good excuse as well. Fowler missed the cut by a shot, finishing 36 holes on even-par 144. Fowler, who is a California native, had arrived to San Diego with momentum from his win last week in Abu Dhabi. However, the whirlwind trip and time transition likely had a significant impact on his performance.

    Then there's Phil Mickelson. The 45-year-old San Diego native had a lot on his mind this week, ranging from dealing with the PR nightmare of Aussie teen pro Ryan Ruffels' tale of their big-money match to facing local press wondering how he felt to lose his passion project of renovating the Torrey Pines North Course to Tom Weiskopf.

    After an opening 69 at Torrey South, Mickelson, in his final route around the North Course before the renovation begins, Mickelson was off-kilter all day. On the par-5 18th, his ninth hole of the day, he had to play a shot where his ball stopped under a border fence for the property.

    ''After that good round yesterday on the South Course, I thought, 'I'm going to go to the North Course and really light it up.' I think I tried to force the issue a little bit,'' Mickelson said. ''When I wasn't under par early, I kind of started to press a little bit. But that stuff happens.''

    In the end, Mickelson's 76 was a career-worst on the North Course. He missed the cut days after an encouraging T-3 finish in his 2016 opener at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    While the three arguably biggest draws won't be around for the weekend, Dustin Johnson is in position to challenge for his first 2016 win. Johnson trails joint leaders Gary Woodland and K.J. Choi by a shot on 8 under par. 

    Martin Laird, Scott Brown and Billy Horschel are tied for fourth at 7 under.

    Players who are perhaps stars in the making will look to make a charge, too. Paul Dunne, the Irish then-amateur who had the 54-hole lead at last summer's British Open, is at 4 under in his pro debut in the U.S. Ruffels, the 17-year-old Aussie who Mickelson admonished at the start of the week, will also play this weekend, making the cut on the number at 1 under par.


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